Put the kids in their favorite Christmas pajamas, bundle up in their fuzzy blankets, fix a thermos of hot chocolate, and pile in the car. Most of the local radio stations are playing Christmas favorites. Some New Braunfels neighborhoods go all out with their lights. This list of communities are known to have great Christmas lights.

  • Sungate, located off of Countyline Drive
  • Northwest Crossing
  • Hueco Estates
  • North Park Meadows
  • River Chase
  • Bellaire Addition
  • Parkview Estates
  • Texas Country Estates
  • The Museum district around downtown New Braunfels. 

Google map of Communities

Texas knows how to do Christmas lights and this is a great time of year to celebrate the season with your family or with friends. To unplug, relax, and spend quality time with loved ones. 

Here are our Top 5 Christmas Lights Displays.

Santa's Ranch
9561 I-35 North New Braunfels, TX
Nov. 3rd - Dec. 31st

If you need a break from the malls and shopping and you're on your way home from San Marcos, Santa's Ranch is always a great show of lights. Located on the southbound side of I-35, take the 199 exit, stay on the access road for 1 mile. Santa's Ranch is a drive through light show and animated Christmas displays. They have homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks for purchase. Admissions is $28 plus tax per vehicle, and you can purchase a season pass for $56. Santa's Ranch will be open until December 31st, their hours are 6pm-10pm on weeknights and 6pm-11pm on the weekend. Photo courtesy of www.santasranch.net.

San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio River Walk has a beautiful light display. With their grand Christmas tree, to millions of lights, it is truly a magical place. Regardless if you just want to walk around, enjoy the local food and drink or take a boat ride, this is on the top of our list!

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park Austin, TX
Dec. 9th - 23rd

Take a trip to Austin and walking the Trail of Lights in Zilker park has always been a family favorite.

Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park has over 40 displays and 2 million lights. It is one of the largest events in Austin. If you are looking for something to do, we highly recommend this event. For tickets and events, visit https://austintrailoflights.org. Photo courtesy of austintrailoflights.org.

San Antonio Zoo Lights
3903 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX
Nov. 18th - Dec. 31st
12:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.

San Antonio Zoo Lights is for the whole family. Take a stroll under the twinkling lights, visit Santa, or take a Camel Ride. There is also ice skating available. Enjoy some hot cocoa and snacks and view the light show. San Antonio Zoo is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit and spend time with your family. Photo courtesy of www.sazoo.org/zoo_lights.


Retama Park Holiday Magic Festival of Lights
Selma, TX
Dec. 1st - Jan. 8th

Holiday Magic Festival of Lights at Retama Park in Selma, TX features over 30 giant illuminated displays and millions of lights. You can see parades, Chinese lanterns, Santa and enjoy performances, food, drinks and fun! Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/HolidayMagicFestivalofLights/.


Written by Tanya Rogers & Karen Madden